The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien

5/5

The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien is another tale of ‘Great Tales’ of the Elder Days. There are three books total in the ‘Great Tales’ of the Elder Days which include Children of Húrin, Beren and Lúthien, and The Fall of Gondolin. 

I enjoyed reading these tales. Tolkien has brought to light more characters and their labors which provided me with great details of Tolkien’s world he had envisioned. A lot of trials, loss, and tragedy struck the peoples of Gondolin. 

I loved reading about some of the history of Tolkien’s world. The characters are deep with trials of their life lead and their losses. 

A big treat for me was reading Christopher Tolkien’s telling of his father’s revisions, additions, and his father’s thoughts. This had to be a daunting task and with the help of Christopher’s colleagues, he was able to bring to light these tales of the elder days and to give a bit of insight as to what Tolkien’s father had in mind concerning his passion of his created world. Christopher Tolkien doesn’t get the credit he deserves for helping bring his father’s world to light, and I am without question indebted to him for his toiling efforts of bringing this epic story to a full and completed tale, as fully as he could, and bringing it to the public for our enjoyment. I will cherish these stories and will pass them to my children and grandchildren in the hopes of them loving this epic story as much as I do.

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Review: Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien

5/5

Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the Tales of the Elder Days as touched upon in The Silmarillion.

Beren and Lúthien is another story that finally has seen the light of day. I loved reading this tale and learning more about other characters in Tolkien’s world. In addition, the poems were beautiful with beautiful prose. I had not realized what an amazing poet Tolkien was. This was an added treat for me.

I highly recommend anyone who loves Tolkien’s work to read this. You will not be disappointed.

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OPERATION: SYRIA Launches

OPERATION: SYRIA Launches

WILLIAM MEIKLE

New today: A trip to a war zone to rescue trapped archaeologists finds the S-Squad in a remote desert region of lost cities and temples. They quickly discover that they are not alone among the ruins.

First they find the bodies, then they find the webs, then they’re in real trouble when the spiders attack.

Big spiders.

Lots of them.

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S-Squad are breaking in some new recruits on a mission to the desert.

An ancient city holds ancient secrets, secrets that have been plundered by rebels in search of easy money. But in that plundering, something has been woken, something coming up out of the dark to feed, to swarm, and to grow.

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Review: The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien

5/5

The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien is a tragic story of The Children of Húrin, one of the unfinished tales in The Silmarillion.

Though The Children of Húrin was a great read, it was a tragic one, but I loved learning of what happened fully to Hurin’s children, Túrin and Niënor. It has been years since I’ve read The Silmarillion, so this was a necessity read, for me.

I highly recommend lovers of Tolkien’s work to read this tale.

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Review: Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien

4/5

Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien is a story based on an event that happened when Michael Tolkien was but a boy.

Four-year-old Michael Tolkien lost his favorite toy dog and his father created this story to give Michael an idea of what might have happened to his little toy dog.

This was such a fun read!

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The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

5/5

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden is the final installment of the Winternight Trilogy. Moscow is on the brink of war, and the plague has come, and one witch girl, Vasya, is determined to do what must be done to save her city.

This was an excellent ending to a wonderful story of one girl’s determination and strength. Katherine Arden’s ability to draw the reader in and hold them is outstanding. A brilliantly written novel of self discovery, determination, strength, love, and doubt in oneself make this one of my favorite stories.

A must read for anyone looking for a strong female protagonist.

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Review: The Story of Kullervo by J.R.R. Tolkien

5/5

The Story of Kullervo by J.R.R. Tolkien is a compilation of drafts, notes, and essays, plus the short story of Kullervo who was tormented by the dark magician, Untamo.

It was interesting to read the ‘extras’ in this book. It gave me an idea of J.R.R. Tolkien’s process of writing and insight into the story and how it came about.

I believe this a must read for people wanting to know of Tolkien’s creative process.

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